It was part of what Nate Orchard called "a very average" night.
"We gave away a ton of big plays to the offense," he said. "In the end we came out victorious, but we will have to go back and look at the film and see what corrections we can make."
One of those looking hard at corrections will be Tevin Carter, who moved the ball 21 yards for Idaho State when he hit his man late on the Bengals' first scoring drive. Also looking at the film intently will be Eric Rowe, who got flagged for pass interference on third and goal, giving ISU a fresh set of downs to work with.
Arias also picked on Davion Orphey, hitting a receiver for a 28-yard strike just beyond the senior cornerback's reach. Wykie Freeman whiffed on a handful of tackles, helping open up ISU's run game.
With Utah's best cover corner, Reggie Porter, on the shelf for a year, it was a concerning early start for a secondary that already seems to lack depth. Adding to the strain was the absence of Justin Thomas, who Whittingham said will return next week for Fresno State.
The waters evened out for the Utes, who managed to hold Arias to 158 yards throwing and sacked him four times. It was in no small part thanks to converted receiver Dominique Hatfield, who stayed in wideouts' hip pockets all night. Leading the team with two breakups, he could be on the road to a permanent switch.
"He did a good job tonight, I saw the slant he stopped, the deep post," Rowe said. "Going both sides, it's good to see him out there making plays."
Someone back there has to.